We just had what geninne refers to as "mexico in a bag". We added some double yolked fried , once over easy, organic eggs, monterey jack cheese, fresh cilantro and avocado. I was a little worried that it would be a tad too spicy for my daughter's taste, but she said it was delicious.
Thank you so much for popping that into my luggage. Next time I will be making it from scratch. One thing some of you may not know about geninne is that she is a really fantastic culinary artist as well. Maybe one day she will write and illustrate her own book of recipes.
The best olfactory memories of christmas are bringing the fresh fir tree into the house and the making and baking of gingerbread cookies. These are some pictures of this years batch. I think you will notice a familiar design or two.
The gorgeous feather cookie cutter is from nicole's shop , harriot grace and the mushroom one came from my dear friend sonia. The others were in my cookie cutter tin and the stone shaped one was custom designed by moi. I took a double take last night when my daughter shouted from the kitchen, "I am eating one of your crochet covered stones mom!"
When Pat posted the recipe for her grandmother's sweet empanadas, I knew what I would be making for lunch today. I made mine with sweet potato, apples and pears. The puree tasted so good on its own I was happy to have made too much. I made smaller pierogi sized ones cut with one of my mom's crystal glasses. These made a delicious lunch with spiced tomato soup, a smidgen of sharp cheddar cheese and a hot drink of tea.
In case you were wondering we sprinkled some goat cheese on top of the soup. That and the sunshine pouring through the kitchen window made for a perfect lunch.
As the weather changes with the season, what do you find yourself eating? I know Arwen is thinking the embroidered sparrow looks yummy.
Whoever said weekends are for relaxing definitely didn't have my weekend in mind. It is only just after 8pm on a Sunday evening and I am all tuckered out. I was actually feet up on the couch reading Outlander and I could feel my eyelids getting heavy and then they were shut and I almost dropped the book. Not going to bother you with all the busy stuff but I just wanted to share a few moments from the weekend with you before I take a hot bath and get some sleep.
Deborah took those lovely supper in the backyard pictures. I adore the one with Edgar wandering in the background. Dinner was Chilean chicken and corn chowder with garlic toasts. It was delicious. I want to thank amy for the cuff I have wrapped around one of the Lake Huron stones. She saved the fabric that wrapped a stone she purchased from my etsy shop and made a perfect cuff with it. She makes beautiful cuffs and sells them in her etsy shop.
Which reminds me I need a little etsy motivation so I am setting a date for a big etsy shop update. It will be on Monday, October 18th, time to be determined. I will have crochet covered stones, necklaces, new prints and even a slow stitched fabric bowl or two. I am also contemplating taking some custom orders at that time for the season of giving.
This was a two in one porch celebration planned and orchestrated to precision by Tamara. We were celebrating Rebekah's birthday a few days early, as well as a little bon voyage party for her trip out east. My parts of the meal were to set the table, purchase the delicious ingredients, bake the birthday pie and I was a major part of the clean up crew.
smoked salmon kettle chip bites
white and green asparagus goat cheese salad
crab cakes with lemon garlic aoli
grilled atlantic scallops accompanied by caramelized endives
baby greens salad
assorted artisan cheeses with baguette slices
red and purple raspberry rhubarb pie with natural vanilla ice cream
If you think that sounds good just wait until you see the pictures Deborah took with my (our) new camera.
A birthday missing pieces stone for my big hearted daughter.
That last picture reminded me of thidwick the big hearted moose story by doctor seuss.
Tamara and I went to the raspberry fields this morning to pick and nibble. We started in row 11 and danced our way in and out of the rows until next thing we knew we had four baskets full. Tamara made jam, beautiful crimson colored jam but as I stared at the jars I couldn't help but feel something was missing. Or perhaps was it that someone has been missing, being on holiday in England and all. A quick trip to the fabric shelf, pinking shears and some elastics and voila, everything was as it should be.
Crab cakes with sweet potatoe fries for an early supper on the porch (thanks tamara) accompanied by a chilled ontario unoaked chardonnay. Ahhhhhh.
Still many more berries left for raspberry upside down cake, pies and pancakes.